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Nothing shows up in the terminal when I type my password

When running the Terminal and asked for password the terminal freezes - cannot type in or paste. What is the fix?

[sudo] password for david:

And there I am stuck

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    Are you sure you are stuck, the terminal does not display the password, nor does it show * in place of characters you type? Press enter after you have typed your password to confirm you are stuck. – jobin Dec 29 '12 at 14:16
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    Enter your password, press enter, nothing happens? Control+C should break it, does that happen? Are you sure its frozen? – Bruno Pereira Dec 29 '12 at 14:17
  • Control+C clears the "freeze" but I can still not complete any code that requires the password - Just a white flashing box after the : – Mad_Dave Dec 29 '12 at 14:42
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    Do you have a password for your user or do you just use a blank one? – Bruno Pereira Dec 29 '12 at 15:43
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    Possible Duplicate: askubuntu.com/q/112069/44179 – Seth Jan 26 '13 at 4:54

Try typing in the password or right clicking to paste the password. Be sure to right click only once to paste. the cursor won't move but the password will be there, then just press enter to logon.

does that help?

  • I'm afraid not get message Sorry, try again. I have no problems if I am just asked to authenticate but cannot run terminal if password required. – Mad_Dave Dec 29 '12 at 15:18
  • @Mad_Dave, the message "Sorry, try again" appears when the password you have typed is not what you provided while installing Ubuntu or after you have changed in your "Accounts". Do you correctly remember your password? If not, you can try recovery options: askubuntu.com/questions/24006/…, but first confirm you are typing your correct password where it asks you to, though you won't be able to see the password you are typing for security reasons. – jobin Dec 29 '12 at 15:46
  • Password is fine as I use it when asked to authenicate when adding software. White box just flashes at me and does not move. If it does accept the enter I get the Sorry try again message – Mad_Dave Dec 29 '12 at 15:56
  • @Mad_Dave From your comments you appear to have a different question. I suggest to ask a new one or search for similar ones to "Password is correct, but sudo does not accept it and says 'try again'". It has nothing to do with your terminal, but rather with sudo. – gertvdijk Dec 29 '12 at 18:35
  • @EliahKagan From the report that JamesR404 can right-click (only) to paste, he's using a completely different Terminal, maybe even PuTTY. The confusion started when this answer seemed not to match the situation of OP. I sort-of-answered the question in a comment here. I believe there's something you're missing: that the cursor isn't moving while typing the password. – gertvdijk Jan 26 '13 at 10:20

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